Monday, 20 February 2012

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

Thoughts and Opinions
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, i thought it was clever and intriguing. However the way it was written made the characters out to be in love with each other the majority of the time expecially when it came to Dorin Gray himself. It was a little off putting. The focus on beauty and living the life most people dream of but don't dare to think of actually doing it. You can really see the science of the time coming through in this book through conversation of the upper classes and the new view on religion due to this.

Basic Plot
For those of you who don't know. Dorian Gray sits for his portrait and due to the belief that beauty and youth are everything in life once the painting is finished he vows he would do anything to stay the age he is when he sat for the painting. From then on all of Dorians age is taken by the painting and he remains youthful. All the evil that Dorian does, cruelty or drugs the affects also show on the painting rather than on Dorian himself. In order to keep his secret he hides away the painting and makes sure no one can ever access it.

I would recommend for you to read this book, however it cn be quite heavy at times. It's not a book you can read in just a couple of days but it is very enjoyable.


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